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Sound Off: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Should "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" be the official greeting of the season?

Sound Off: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Sound Off: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

It's a debate that now seems to arise every year around this time: Should people use the term "Merry Christmas" or something more generic such as "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings"?

The so-called "War on Christmas" has rallied conservatives in recent years who say people who insist on "Happy Holidays" in light of a variety religious holidays this season are being too politically correct. 

“Christmas became a dirty word,” Mount Sinai resident Candace Donin at a packed meeting Tuesday night as residents there voiced their concerns about the naming of an annual “Holiday tree” lighting, according to an article on Port Jefferson Patch.

A poll taken last year showed Americans were split on the issue, with 44 percent in favor, and 49 percent opposed, on whether retailers should use the generic holiday greetings out of respect for people of different faiths.

What's your take? Should "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" be the official greeting of the season? Is there really a "War on Christmas" or has the media blown the issue out of proportion? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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